Earlier today, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump tweeted the following:
I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2016
“The NRA’s position on this issue has not changed,” Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s executive director for its Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. “The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing.”
Cox argued in favor of “due process protections” for “law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watchlist to be removed.”
There are a number of terror watch lists, all in violation of due process. They include the no-fly list, the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment at the National Counterterrorism Center, the Consular Lookout and Support System at the State Department, and the Terrorist Screening Database at the FBI.
“There is basically no standard of evidence for being placed on a watch list. It’s hard to even determine if you’re on one or not. And it’s nearly impossible to challenge one’s status. These watch lists have caught up innocent university professors, young children, members of Congress, and many others,” writes Ryan Cooper.
On Wednesday, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy waged a filibuster on the Senate floor to force a vote on legislation authored by fellow Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein that would let the government outlaw sales of firearms to people on the terror watch lists.
Feinstein introduced similar legislation in December following the San Bernardino shooting. A Republican-dominated Senate rejected the proposal along a near party-line vote.